Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max-Tyres from Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK

Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Another great tyre from Goodyear tyres USA Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

The new Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max or “AFM” for short. Is an all-season tyre. Thus, that can cope with both dry and wet conditions. This attribute is built into the tread pattern. Of course, the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max has strong shoulder block. Hence, to give the tyre better handling in dry conditions. While the centre of the tyre has aquachannel grooves. Thus, to evacuate the water quickly in very wet conditions. This Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max is a true all-weather. So also handles superbly in snowy conditions. This is mainly due to the notched out centre rib. Also, shoulder grooves that go round the circumference of this great Goodyear tyres product.

The primary Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max carcass is made of polyester, this is covered by two steel belts which are re-enforced by nylon belt edge strips. This new tyre is made for the cars, vans and cross over vehicles that are looking for an all-season tyre well within the Goodyear tyres excellent price range of competitive tyre prices. Goodyear promise a good long wearing time from the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max and it also offers a low rolling resistance thus making the tyre more environmentally friendly cutting the cost of fuel.

Fuel Max wins product of the year for Goodyear tyres in India

Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

Other Goodyear products include these Indy racing slick tyres

The product of the Year is a special honor that recognizes and also rewards and celebrates new and exciting product innovations that come from independent consumer surveys. The main winners in the differing categories set by the “Product of the Year” are scrutinized in two ways. Firstly, the selection process begins with a selection of industrial experts that revue the entries from each category. The next step comes from a company called “ Nielsen”, who are a leading global research company, they conduct personal interviews and gather together some 30,000 votes from carefully selected customers of the various products.

The best tyre brands and tyre products were selected and the Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max came out top by a mile. One of the main attractions for the tyre winning was its fuel saving technology, this what all tyre companies are striving to achieve, and most are succeeding, congratulations to Goodyear tyres on this great achievement. We at Pellon tyres  are great

Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max

This Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tyre is yet another great new tyre from the Goodyear stables. It is much lighter and more fuel efficient for the cars driver giving the tyre an excellent green credential.

fans of the Goodyear product.

The Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max is available in the USA and the UK equivalent is the  vector all -season tyres.

Michelin Tyre Policy Saves Money-MD Transport chooses Michelin | HGV UK.com

Michelin Tyre Policy Saves Money

Michelin Tyre Policy Saves Money

Michelin Tyre Policy Saves Money

This claim does not surprise me? Michelin have always been the world leaders in truck tyre management. Hence, my experience in truck tyres goes back about forty years. Of course, most tyre dealers know about the quality of the Michelin truck tyre casings. When the original tyre wears down to the limit, then the old tyre is used for retreading. Michelin tyres are perfect for the job. They were then and they are now. So by using the Michelin system then these trucking companies can not lose.

Leicester-based bulk aggregate haulier BMD Transport has cut its monthly tyre bill by 25 per cent after switching to a Michelin policy. The family-run company reported the savings soon after switch…

Source: BMD Transport chooses Michelin | HGV UK.com

TYRE BLOWOUT-Caravan Travelling on his holidays has a Lucky Escape.

Post Updated 31st Dec 2013

This guy managed to steer his caravan to safety after a nasty tyre blowout.

This customer was very lucky when the tyre on his caravan exploded when travelling down the A1 motorway. He managed to stop the car and caravan rig from swerving all over the road and brought the rig to a standstill. It looks to me as if the tyre has had problems for a while and the problem was not spotted early enough. How many times do we see caravans completely turned over after a crash, because the owner was not able to control the caravan after a tyre blowout?

a tyre blowout disaster could have been avoided?

In my opinion caravan, owners do not take enough time to check their tyres before setting out on a journey, they are perhaps the most important thing to check, and, in this case, the

TYRE BLOWOUT

This Michelin tyre is a good example of why you should not be buying un- regulated part worn tyres. The tyre had recently being purchased and fitted to this VW car. IT did look OK but we noticed some cracking occurring in the bead area. This is a telltale sign for Michelin tyres. Cracking means ageing. We were shocked to find that the tyre was 19 (nineteen) year old. This is happening all the time as these small back street companies have opened up selling illegal part worn tyres to the cash-strapped motorists.

the problem would have been solved by a quick inspection by a tyre expert, and a possible disaster would have been avoided, with a much safer journey for all of us. A tyre blowout can be easily avoided by only fitting new tyres to your caravan, do not be tempted with remould or part worn tyres because you can put your own and other peoples life’s at risk. A tyre blowout can be avoided.

 

 

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

tyre blowout

lucky guy with his blowout pic 1

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light- Also this car had intermittent ABS problems ?

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

So, as I have said many times ! then we feel privileged to be able to service and repair such a diverse and varied number of car makes and models. Including cars from the BMW range.

This particular day as to be no different ! consequently, cars across the whole spectrum were booked in for repairs and services. Not forgetting MOT tests of course. One of the days jobs was a BMW that was suffering from its ABS (anti lock braking system) causing problems. So, the ABS system works by monitoring all the four wheel speeds . When the brakes are applied the system looks to see if any of the wheel are rotating at a lower speed than any of the other wheels.

This would then indicate that a wheel could be about to lock up. Alas, if there was of the wheels going at a higher speed than the other three then the brake would receive extra pressure to reduce the slip. So, the problem with this car was that the ABS was kicking in at low speed. not all the time but it annoyed the customer.

Corroded drive shaftsBMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

We placed the car on a ramp and endevoured to find the fault. Removing the wheels we were able to access the brake and inspect the drive shafts. So, on examination Ryan discovered that the drive shafts had corroded. Thus causing the target rings to swell and go out of shape. Consequently, the target rings had also damaged the ABS sensors.

We notified the BMW owner, who gave us permission to go ahead and repair his car. This is a good practice that I think most modern Autocentres now carry out. Gone are the days when the customer was presented with a massive repair bill. In my opinion this is best practice and both the garage and the customer know where they stand.

BMW 3-Series Traction Control Light

To repair the car ABS problems, we fitted new drive shafts and associated sensors. Of course we were confident that this would solve the problem ! and so it duly did.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

 

Timing Belt Time Yet ? When Do I Need To Replace My Timing Belt? – ClickMechanic

Timing Belt Time Yet

Timing Belt Time Yet

Jake working on a car timing belt

Timing Belt Time Yet

Subsequently, this is the one thing that our customers dread to hear ? Sorry sir but your timing belt is due for replacing? Hence, this is one of those things that is at the back of every drivers mind. Motorists, know that it is one of those jobs that we can’t really get away with not doing. Unlike a tyre ! When you could buy a part worn if you are cash strapped. Significantly, then timing belts have to be changed. Otherwise, it could be possible for you to blow your engine up.

As follows, timing belts, come in two types.

Hence, chain types and rubber belts (similar to the old fan belts). Of course, it is easy to check to see which type you have fitted. So, these days you can check this out by checking your   workshop manual. In a word the internet is now the best place to look for any fan-belt related information.

Unsurprisingly, I must confess that most of our customers are happy with our diagnosis. Happy, to have a new belt fitted when required. Knowledgeable customers, know what the consequences are if the timing belt is not fitted. In some cases the timing belt and water pump are on the same set-up. So when the timing cover is removed we can check out the water pump and associated belts. Consequently, if the water pump seal has gone and leaking water. Of course we can carry out any other work required at the same time.

Eric Roberts. Timing Belts 

Timing Belt Time Yet

Lots of car owners come to us asking when their timing belt (or cam-belt) needs replacing. Replacement intervals will depend on the make and model of car, with some belts lasting up to 100,000 miles. The timing belt is one of the most important components of your engine but also one of the most fragile […]

Timing Belt Time Yet

Source: When Do I Need To Replace My Timing Belt? – ClickMechanic

Classic Car Batteries

Classic Car Batteries-Antique car parts including 6 VOLT BATTERIES.

Classic Car Batteries

6 VOLT Classic Car Batteries for your vintage car

Of course, I always try to keep up to date with my blog ! so, updating and re-writing is common practice for me. naturally this post is no exception and perhaps this is a good thing. Because new legislation about battery acid is making life a bit more difficult. In brief, these batteries are what we call “dry charged”. meaning that the battery is emptied of the acid and sent to the customer in a dry state plus an acid pack.

Fundamentally, the law now forbids us to send out any form of acid packs. So, we now have to take each sale as they come ! meaning that we deliver them in a fully charged state in our own transport. Consequently, we can only do this when we have a few more deliveries in the same area. Hence it probably, will not be a next day delivery. All in all, we have not found a way round this problem as screw top batteries are difficult to seal with a vacuum.

if there is ant machine out there that could seal and vacuum a battery then please let me know !

The dream of owning a classic car

So, owning a classic or antique car is a dream shared by some men and women. Cruising down the high street on a lovely sunny day in an old or vintage car not only turns heads but it makes you feel great knowing that you’ve invested in something that will hold its value.Classic Car Batteries

Cars like this Rolls-Royce Wraith are fitted with Classic Car Batteries 6 volt batteries, some are converted to 12 Volt Battery systems but in general the vintage car owners prefer to keep the cars the way they were originally.
Of course, many car enthusiasts decide to restore their antique car that they’ve purchased. Generally speaking, many go to specialists. of course who will restore the car for them at a price. Significantly, such a company in the Halifax area of Yorkshire, UK, is Horsfields of Halifax.

Customers, know that even though it involves many hours of time and hard work. So, the end result is well worth the effort, and like the car in this image, an “eye catcher” is born.

Where do we get the parts ?

Firstly, things to do if you are planning to  restore an classic car, Especially if its a weekend job ! is to find out where you’ll go to find parts required. Of course, most people do know where they will get the parts. But to start a restoration job it may be best practice to have some information. In effect, about where to get parts from.

Most enthusiasts will probably have visited many of the vintage car shows. Of course, that are staged throughout the year. Vintage car parts can be difficult to find. Generally you would not be able to walk into your local spare parts supply store and buy the part.

Instead you will have to do a bit of research. Finding out where the antique car parts you need can be purchased. Of course, this can be done by buying specialist magazines. Significantly though the latest trend for buying car parts is on the internet. Including buying your tyres and your batteriesClassic Car Batteries . 

 

The first place to look these days to research vintage car parts is on the internet

Although specialist magazines are still popular in the UK. Specifically, giving you web-site addresses where you can find the parts that you re requiring. Just go to a search engine and type in “vintage car parts” followed by which ever town you live in. Subsequently, by typing up your battery part number. Of course, you can also do the same if you are looking for Classic Car Batteries for your new project.

With amazing accuracy, many different results will come up. Giving you a local source for your parts. Consequently, there are several web sites that work with their customers to find the old car parts they need for renovation . Simply request a part and the company will locate the required parts for you. Just the same as if you want a modern day car part (nothing new) .

There are also companies who only specialize in vintage car parts.

They collect a vast collection of varied vintage parts. Looking like a breakers yard. So, and offering them to their customers through their website or store front.

Of course, there may be additional charges for shipping. But if you’ve been having trouble locating a specific part. Hence, this can be the best way of buying what you want. This also applies to Classic Car Batteries. Many battery companies now sell 6 volt Classic Car Batteries along side all the other modern day car batteries.

Classic Car Batteries

Typical smaller type scrap yard

Sometimes you can find a treasure in an unexpected place. Auto wreckers (scrap or breakers yards) often have some antique vintage cars in their yards. These are cars that were not restored and they reached a bad condition . Fortunately, they are now being used strictly for parts. Surprisingly, it is wonderful what different parts that you can pick up from one of these yards.
More modern auto salvage companies keep a very good computer record of their stocks. Covering all the car models that are on their site. So making it relatively simple to call them and inquire about the part. Naturally, citing the type of classic or antique car that you have. Of course not forgetting that you will probably need the log book and chassis number. Particularly, of your soon to be restored car. Expressly, this helps the breakers find you the correct part and wastes you less time.

6 volt Classic Car Batteries need to be new  

 Before you venture out to a scrap yard them remember ! Some of the large scrap car yards do not allow you to just wonder around. Smaller auto wreckers prefer their customers to actually visit their location. So, to look over the vehicles themselves. Of course, it will be a good idea to take along some tools. Remember only buy new vintage tyres and Classic 096 Car Batteries, so that you can be sure of the condition. So, many owners of second hand cars suffer from flats batteries in the first three months of ownership.

When buying your battery online. In my opinion stick to some golden rules. So, really cheap batteries may not have the amps that they are supposed to have. To avoid this then I recommend that you buy a reputable make of battery. Of course, I do recommend the makes that we sell. But they are all tried and tested. Brands suck as ApolloPower, Bosch, Varta, Lucas and Banner batteries are all tried and tested. Thanks !

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer-When a rapid tyre de-flation happens on your car

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer-So what do runflat tyres actually do ?

In general, many of my customers complain. Especially, when they have to buy their first replacement runflat tyres. Customers, simply do not understand how these tyres have evolved during the past 10 years of car design. Consequently,its all linked with green house gasses and your cars emissions.

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer and also help to reduce the overall weight of your car. Of course, this is done by not having a spare wheel, jack or wheel brace. So, which reduces the overall weight of the car thus making your car more fuel efficient.

No spare wheel reduces weight

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;How run flat tyres work

Also the fact that you do not have a spare wheel gives you more space in the boot and as stated a lighter load. The runflat tyres are also made from less materials than the conventional tyres. Which also makes them more environmentally friendly.

As far as tyre performance is concerned the BMW Run Flat Tyres are just the same as the conventional tyres. Providing all the benefits of the modern performance tyres. Predominantly, the main difference is that when your car has a puncture while you are out driving.

Then the runflat tyre will not deflate giving your car normal handling and cornering. Therefore reducing the risk of an accident with other road users. So, in other words Runflat Tyres Are-Safer . This is especially important say if you were in the fast lane of the motorway when the puncture occurred. Your normal tyre would instantly deflate making your car very unstable and possibly causing a bad accident, in fact figures show that tyres cause a large percentage of motor related accidents, and the runflat tyres are a big improvement on the accident figures, enabling the driver to keep a straight line when a puncture occurs in one of the runflats. .

These new runflat tyres systems were originally created to keep drivers safe

Because punctures and blow-outs can be dangerous.Accounting  for a large majority of fatal accidents on the road. Apart from safety, a flat tyre can be a real inconvenience. Adding time and cost and sometimes embarrassment to your journey. Changing a tyre is fairly straightforward. But it often occurs at the most inopportune moment. Frighteningly, getting stuck on the side of a motorway.Especially, in the pouring rain with noisy kids in the back seat is really no fun at all! And trying to change a tyre on the hard shoulder can be dangerous in itself, or even impossible if you are disabled or elderly, in fact many drivers have to call out the rescue services to change the wheel for them,

But the drivers with runflat tyres and tpms systems do not have to put up with this

Of course, once the tyre warning light comes on in the cab, they can safely tootle home or carry on with their journey,(all be it at 50 mph, which is the recommended speed once you have a flat on your runflat tyres).

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;Any vehicle fitted with runflat tyres

should also include a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) this will show you whether you tyre pressure has been lost, this is because without this the loss of pressure in your tyres will not be noticed

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer

Runflat Tyres Are-Safer;Tyres construction

Of course, Runflat tyres are meant to maintain there speed, handling and smoothness of driving. Particularly, when a puncture occurs. Indeed, even when driving on a motorway. A TPMS is essential to alert the driver to a loss in tyre pressure. To be sure it will indeed becoming part of the MOT test in the near future. Your TPMS works from either a sensor in your wheel , which is usually a special valve or from the cars ABS braking system.

Almost all of the Worlds leading tyre companies Bridgestone Run Flat Tyres make runflat tyres including Continental and Goodyear, cheap tyres can be bought online, but I recommend that you stick to the make that you have on the car at the moment or as a good cheaper alternative we recommend General and Apollo tyres.

Since first writing this post, the the runflat tyre has increased in the popularity of the car manufacturers.

However the public still begrudge paying for them. Consequently, these tyres are now fitted as original equipment to smaller car models. So, the problem start when the cars become second hand and start to need new tyres.

Fortunately,  runflat tyres are now available in “budget tyre” brands. One of the most popular tyre sizes is 205/55R16. Of course this is also a runflat tyre size as well as a conventional radial tyre size. Significantly, this size is available in several brands. Including, the 205/55R16 WINMAX EURUS63 91V RFT at £67 fitted. Chinese tyre manufacturer Jinyu also make the Jinyu YU63 economy runflat tyre range.

So these advancements have helped with the motoring expenses of the not so well off drivers with smaller cars.

There is no doubt now in my mind. hence that these runflat tyres are indeed a great safety feature. Especially when driving on our extremely congested motorway system. Only the other week a poor motorist had a tyre blowout on the M6 motorway. I know because I was caught up in the massive tailback.

Subsequently, it was a lady driver with a very flat tyre caught in the fast lane with a tyre blowout. She looked terrified as the traffic began to back up and during the vehicles recovery. So, I just could not help thinking that if she had runflat tyres fitted then she would have been able to limp the car off the motorway and home. Albeit at 50 MPH. Expressly, these tyres do save lives and get drivers home safely.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

Bridgestone Prize Winner-Automotive Blog Grandmother wins surprise £20,000 BMW with Bridgestone – Automotive Blog

Bridgestone Prize Winner

Bridgestone Prize Winner

Grandmother wins surprise £20,000 BMW with Bridgestone – Automotive Blog

Bridgestone Prize Winner

It is very refreshing to be able to see an actual prize winner. Therefore, how many times do we see these competitions.As a result, and never see who is the actual winner. This reminds me about a few years ago. My wife Michelle, was an avid competition fanatic. Michelle would enter all the competitions available.Especially, on our local radio stations.

Thus, it would drive me crazy when she thought that she had a chance of winning and she thought that she knew the answer to a said competition. One of the competitions was to win a brand new Toyota Yaris GT. She spent hours and hours checking on all the clues that were released on a daily basis. As expected, Michelle thought that she had formulated the answers. The winner would be asked a type of riddle that was formulated from all the different clues.

All the winner had to do, was to be the lucky 100th caller on that day. Of course the odds against being the 100th caller must have been tremendous? On that particular week, the guest presenter was Tony Blackburn. When Tony gave the go ahead for the 100th caller then Michelle went mad trying to get through. On that day she did get through and was the 100th caller. She gave Tony Blackburn the correct answer and was the owner of a brand new Toyota Yaris GT.

Source: Automotive Blog Grandmother wins surprise £20,000 BMW with Bridgestone – Automotive Blog

Online sales doing well-Pellon Tyres-impacting way dealers do business-The Tire Dealer’s No. 1 News Source

Online sales doing well-Pellon Tyres

Online sales doing well-Pellon Tyres

Online sales doing well-Pellon Tyres

This article comes out of the USA. As a result, reflects the growth in internet tyre sales across the globe.Hence, including tyre retailers here in the UK. As a tyre dealer of over forty years. So I have seen many changes. Including, the beginnings of the internet revolution.Therefore, I decided at an early date to embrace the internet, by having an online presence.

At first, it was just to show local people, what we did as a local garage. Of course, this was twenty years ago now. Things have moved on at pace and we now offer a full priced tyre website, where our customers can buy tyres online. Naturally we can now compete with the large national companies. Because of our alliance with Micheldever Tyre wholesalers.

Thus, our Pellon Tyres website can keep up with all the other internet prices and compete.Accordingly, our sales online have increased. Because, our customers can buy their tyres from the local company that they have always dealt with. The other revolution that has come from the internet.So is the increase in social media.We always try our best and give the best prices to our customers.

This has now escalated through social media, mainly Facebook and Twitter. I can honestly say that the future is bright as long as we keep up with the big boys.I do believe that this is possible as long as you the garage owner give the best service to your customers and remember that bad news travels as fast as good news.

Source: Online sales impacting way dealers do business – Tire Business – The Tire Dealer’s No. 1 News Source

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres-Tyre History-Early days gave a hard Ride when fitted with wrong suspension?

New Radial Tyres

America was slow to take to New Radial Tyres

Of course in the early days of tyre development. So, the American tyre market was much slower to use the option of radials. Especially, on the new cars that they were then producing. Predominantly, the rest of the world including Europe and the UK were starting to use New Radial Tyres in much larger numbers.

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres; The Michelin X was the first steel belted radial tyre in the World and gave double the mileage, although the grip in wet weather was nothing to write home about.

Especially in France and Germany with Peugeot and Citroen leading the way. Of course, fitting Michelin tyres on most of their early Diane models.

However, things were very different across the pond in the USA. Indeed, they tended to go for the Bias-belted tyres, which complimented the type of suspensions. Consequently, that were used on most American cars. One of the problems they had with the New Radial Tyres was that the precise handling. Hence, showed up hidden weaknesses in the American cars.

Ford became the front runners in correcting the problems. Introducing “radial tuned” suspension on the new Thunderbird and Lincoln models. Modification enabled Ford to offer radials  as an optional extra. Indeed, this started in 1967 a couple of years after I started my career in tyres here in the UK.

At first, the offers of radials were not taken up very well. Of course, by the public and one of the reasons was supply problems. Other major car makers followed fords footsteps. Though subsequently, they were supplying sub-standard radials. Therefore, suffering quality problems. Because radials were in their infancy in the United States.

Many of the manufacturers had to replace these sub-standard tyres

Firstly by importing Michelin tyres. Michelin had tyres that were tried and tested without any quality problems. Accordingly, one of the biggest players in tyre supplies in America was the department store, Sears. Sears controlled about 25% of the American tyre replacement market in those days. Later,that settled down to about 10%.Because their competitors had all  started to sell New Radial Tyres. This ate into Sears tyre numbers. Sears had done a deal with the tyre makers Armstrong Rubber company which supplied Sears with their Bias belted products, but things certainly picked up when they started to introduce radial tyres, making them one of the top tyre retailers in the States.

Ford used the first radial tyres in America

In 1968 top Ford officials had a meeting with the Michelin company. Offering to fit their radials to the new Lincoln Continental as original equipment. Michelin would be the exclusive supplier of tyres for this new model. In general, the American public knew that radials  lasted far longer than the Bias belted tyres that the were used to driving on, sometimes up to four times longer. It is widely reported that Ford paid $19.50 for the first Michelin, only $5 more per tyre than for bias belted, this was indeed a great deal for Ford and the first American cars rolled off the production lines on cheap Michelin Tyres UK.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension